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Old 01-15-2008, 12:52   #1
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Pittsburgh A-7D, The "SLUF"!!

Thought that you guys would like a pic of my old ANG unit at the "Burgh".. 112TFG/146TFS when we had the A-7D/K.. Those were the days, never to be seen again.. Enjoy!!
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:14   #2
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I was a weapons guy on A7's in the IA ANG. Great airplane. I saw all our A7's in the boneyard at DM a few years back. They are all beer cans now.

Every airplane I worked on or flew is gone now. Even the early F16's.
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Old 01-16-2008, 13:04   #3
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NICE!! I work with a guy that was with the 171st in Coraopolis PA. They fly only KC-135R model tankers now.
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Old 01-16-2008, 15:07   #4
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REALLY?? I just retired from the 171stARW back in '04.. I worked in Operations and my brother retired from the Skycops around '02.. Can you give a name??
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Old 01-16-2008, 17:24   #5
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Have a good friend, an Academy grad who flew A-7's out of D-M. Great airplane-very good range, accurate bomber, reliable, carried a lot of weapons. Really a better plane at its' mission then its' sucessor- F-16. By the way- great picture
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Old 01-16-2008, 19:49   #6
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I'd rather not say his name Sluf01. Sorry. Not trying to play "Mall Ninja" but he reads all the gun forums and he knows my forum tag.

I will say he worked in COMM and left Pittsburgh around 1998 to move here. He was actually here before I arrived in 2000. I'm pretty sure you probably new him if you were in OPS.
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BTW. I'm retired active AF and I was also in COMM for the last 16 years of service.
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Old 01-16-2008, 21:53   #8
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Those were the days. I was in the 121st out of Rickenbacker and we flew D/Ks as well. I have a similar photo except it's A-7s over Columbus. I actually preferred the green/black camo over the gray though
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Old 01-16-2008, 22:40   #9
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Yeah, I knew a couple of folks outta "Ric" OPS also.. As we USED to say before the big tanker world came real: "Fighters Forever"!!
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:20   #10
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Great picture and stories!

This thread perked my curiosity and I googled the A-7. Found this video on you tube, the planes belong to the Greek AF but a cool video nonetheless! (apologies if you A-7 guys have seen this clip a million times)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0zCvwhPlU4&NR=1

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Old 01-18-2008, 21:05   #11
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HEY, It's still an A-7.. I believe the Greeks birds are ex-Navy "E" models and their Family models (2 Seats) are TA-7C's.. There's pics out there of the Greek A-7 done for the Tiger Meets. Very pretty bird..
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In fact I just found a pic of the "Tiger Meet" A-7.. Enjoy..
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I enjoyed the picture ... nothing like see Three Rivers Stadium again
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Old 01-20-2008, 20:37   #14
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Just to show that not only did the A-7's go to the boneyard. Here's a pic of one the KC-135E's from my last unit (171st ARW) with the "University Of Pittsburgh" nose art sitting in the Arizona sun for it's retirement..
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Old 02-04-2008, 00:23   #15
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:09   #16
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Corsair II's right ?

I remember them from my SE Asia tours with the Navy. They could carry a huge load of bombs. IIRC more than the empty weight of the A/C.

Looks like in the above pic the A/C still has several CBU's that are "unused".

Great A/C with a great rep. !!
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:20   #17
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Used to love watching them out the back window of my barracks room as they flew out of the NAF side of Kadena AFB. Sweet pics!
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Old 02-09-2008, 02:41   #18
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Thanks for the memories. Can remember digesting the weapons systems when I went through loader school back in 1988. Mostly Guard birds by then as I recalled. Was reported a good CAS bird later when I moved to TACP. Never did direct work with them though. Thought they were the ugly girl you screwed, had fun with but never told your friends about.
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Old 02-11-2008, 21:28   #19
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The A-7 was a great aircraft. If you didn't know, they are now starting to do diecast (1/72 Scale) of this bird.. They are doing the Navy versions now, but there will be the USAF/ANG version coming.. Here are 2 versions of the "Test Shots" of this diecast..
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